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who included insecticide for surface feeding insects in there step program

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ant, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,460

    who included insecticide for surface feeding insects in there step program...
    i know to watch the "growing degree days" for application times but they still got me (chinch and web worms)

    if you use it when do you apply and for what insect?

    my program does not include insecticide apps

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 665

    We went for years here with relatively no surface insect problems (mostly because the lawns grew faster than the insects could harm them).

    Last year was a surprise to us when we had our "once every 10 year" drought. Then they showed up. I treated during the summer when doing checkups.

    This year they were back with a vengeance. Mostly chinch bugs. I treated them after the fact again. The damage was minimal on most, but moderate on others where they just showed up in a big way. In all, I have about 10 lawns that need some seeding.

    If this is going to be the trend every year, I will be forced to add it to the mix in the May visit. I make it a point not to dump tons of pesticides on lawns when it is not justified. It does not make agronomic or economic sense. Until now:mad:

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